Things to Do




Ketchikan has many interesting attractions


Ketchikan’s rich history and scenic beauty on view

The birthplace of our community is Ketchikan Creek, located in the heart of downtown. Our earliest visitors, Tlingit natives, set up summer fish camps along its shores. The City of Ketchikan was established in 1900 due to the commercial fishing industry’s discovery of our salmon rich waters. Ketchikan Creek’s shoreline bends and curves past Creek Street, a wooden boardwalk named one of the country’s top ten by USA Today. Beginning in the prohibition era, buildings on the creek housed bordellos. Today restaurants, museums, galleries and gift shops are popular stops along the creek.

The Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show showcases the skill of woodsmen competing against each other in events like log rolling and tree-climbing. Next door, the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is an outstanding interpretive facility highlighting the commercial, recreational and cultural significance of the Tongass National Forest.

The Deer Mountain Tribal Hatchery and Eagle Center is an educational look at Alaska’s salmon hatchery program and showcases raptors and other birds that have been rescued and are being rehabilitated. Just across the creek, is the Totem Heritage Center. Its collection of 19th century totem poles, rescued from abandoned native villages is listed on the National Historic Register. The center, established in 1976 now preserves these cultural treasures that would have been lost to natural deterioration.

South of town, Saxman Native Village shares a glimpse into the traditions of the Tlingit culture. The Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary combines a walk through the rainforest and shoreline area with an overview of early timber operations in the area. A few miles further south, the George Inlet Cannery tour offers an historical perspective of the fishing industry as visitors walk through the site’s original buildings and display of equipment used in the 1940s.

Heading north along the Tongass Highway, a visit to Potlatch Park and the Totem Bight State Park will further enhance your knowledge of the traditions and culture of our Native peoples.

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Alaska Cruises, Inc.

Service: Misty Fjords Combination Cruise & Floatplane Tours
Cost: Fly/Cruise $329 Ad/$289 Ch. Cruise $159 Ad/$106 Ch
Hours: Fly/Cruise - 4 hours Cruise - 4 1/2-5-1/2 hours
Availability: May-September

Misty Fjords Boat & Floatplane Adventure
1515 Tongass Ave.
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Phone: (907) 225-3845
Fax: (907) 247-3875
Toll Free: (800) 860-3845

Take the ultimate tour by boat and plane through Misty Fjords National Monument, one of the most majestic creations on earth! Cruise through Behm Canal and Rudyerd Bay, surrounded by towering cliffs. See waterfalls cascading into emerald waters.

From the air you can truly appreciate the magnitude and majesty of Rudyerd Bay, crown jewel of this two million acre monument. Soar over pristine wilderness and enjoy the unspoiled forest and lakes. Keep a sharp eye out for more bears and whales.